We talk so often of venture capital that it's more or less assumed that raising VC funding is an inextricable part of the entrepreneur's journey. But should it be? What are the purposes for taking in VC money, and what are the considerations?
1:24 - Keith Davies, ex-CFO and Partner at Zoona on the implications of taking VC money
3:19 - Integrateme Founder Luke Dominique Warner on their strategic decision to not do a traditional round of VC fundraising
5:24 - EAVCA's Eva Warigia and VC4A's Ben White on attracting local businesses leaders and high net worth individuals to participate in early-stage investment as strategic investors, and connecting foreign investors with different skillsets to local opportunities
8:27 - Startups experience raising money for a strategic and specific purpose, with Farmcrowdy Founder Onyeka Akumah, as well as Keith and Luke
10:31 - Riby Founder & CEO Abolore Salami + Keith on strategically and selectively soliciting investors
12:47 - Keith, Onyeka and Yoco's Marcello Schermer on considerations around timelines of raising money, from both foreign and local investors
15:11 - Justin and Sayo breakdown the conversation around seeking VC funding, including Sayo's experience fundraising locally for his startup Kandua, and their view on the question of if a startup should be raising money in the first place